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Duke Students Launch Digital “Vanishing Point: The Documentary Magazine”

From “There’s No Place Like Home,” a photo essay by Duke University freshman Ge Jin on how Chinese students stay connected to their cultural identities.

From “There’s No Place Like Home,” a photo essay by Duke University freshman Ge Jin.

A new digital magazine created by Duke University undergraduates at the Center for Documentary Studies aims to present “the best of the best” student documentary work, says Documentary Publishing instructor Duncan Murrell. From editing to design to promotion, Vanishing Point is a purely student-run publication that will feature work in a variety of documentary forms—audio, film and video, photography, and writing.

Check out Volume I at vanishingpointmag.com.
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Murrell, CDS’s writer-in-residence, describes the magazine’s evolution:

“Two months ago the staff of Vanishing Point had never even met each other. Since then, they’ve come together to develop an idea about how to publish documentary work on the web, they’ve argued over what makes something ‘documentary,’ they’ve argued over what makes a piece of documentary work great, they’ve studied the case histories of legacy magazines (Life, Paris Match, Time, New York) as well as leading-edge, new magazines like XOJane, Rookie, Bomb, Flaunt, and many others. They’ve heard from the publisher of The Awl in class, and debated with him the question of what makes a good web magazine. They’ve sorted through 100+ submissions to the magazine in every medium, worked with each artist to improve their work, copyedited, proofread, wrote heds and deks, designed a website, and developed a social media and promotional program.

“I am truly intimidated by this class, and being a little intimidated by your students is a good place to be as a teacher.” 

Vanishing Point is publishing student documentary work, past and present, from other CDS classes (undergrads, grads, and continuing ed), and other Duke and UNC–Chapel Hill students, with the goal of branching out in subsequent issues to include work from North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, Durham Tech, and other local colleges.

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